Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th November.

Saturday 14th.   12 mm of rain fell overnight Friday to leave the field wet but usable  with care.  The  day dawned with a fresh to  strong, gusty SSE’ly that provided some lift from the S ridge before going into the SW late in the day.  7 ATs were flown, including 5 to provide the visiting Scouts with a taste of gliding,  flight times being around 20-30 minutes.  Flying terminated at around 1300 hrs due to a combination of showery rain and a lack of customers.

Sunday 15th.  The wind had remained a S’ly but had decreased in strength and flying was delayed until around midday due to low cloud.  Thereafter, a single Motor Falke operation and 15 ATswere flown with all the club fleet employed, some of them for 3 Trial Lesson pupils.  John Marsh in the Discus had the  longest flight of the day, 48 minutes, with Albert Newbery/Peter Claes having 32 minutes in the DG1000  and Richard Burghall giving his Trial Lesson pupil an identical time in the air in the K21.  The site operation ran particularly smoothly, with Ron Beezer so impressed he put his thanks to all concerned in an email.

Monday 16th.  Another 10 mm of rain fell in the morning as a front went through, but then the weather cleared around 1315 hrs to leave the site in a fresh to strong W that quickly backed into the SSW and decreased in strength.  A single flight was flown on the simulator in the morning and 2 winch launches in the club single seaters after the weather cleared, before rain returned to terminate flying.  Bill Payton’s 28 minutes in the Astir just failed to make it a soaring day. 

Tuesday 17th.  A 15-20 kt W saw the winch again deployed and 24 winch launches completed before the wind backed into the S late in the day.  4 private owners and all but the Ka8 of the available club gliders were flown although this didn’t include the K21s as one was off site for its CoA and the other is still waiting a replacement rear canopy support strut.  12 of the day’s flights exceeded an hour and pilots experienced boisterous hill soaring, some wave, passing showers (most of which thankfully avoided the  site) and even a flash of lightning over Thirsk around 1100 hrs.  A number of pilots managed to climb in wave, with Conrad Thwaites, Malcolm Winter and Mike Wood all getting to around 5000′ asl, although climb rates were generally low.  Gary Vaughan, flying his ASW 19, was aloft for just under 4 hours.  The continuing clear felling of the trees along the site’s eastern boundary provided interest for those not flying, while an alternative attraction was  John Ellis’ ongoing transformation of the winch cable retrieve trailer in the workshop.

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